This last week I was finally able to hook up with a buddy from my local FFF club that I'd been trying to hit the water with for awhile. We both managed to secure a hall-pass for Thursday and decided to head South for a day float in search of a few trout and some solitude on the river.
The day started off cloudy and gray but eventually the sun broke through and warmed things up a bit. The high temperature for the day was only 36 degrees , but once the sun made an appearance it felt pretty nice if you could get out of the wind.
It's always nice to put a face to a name and Brian and I enjoyed finally getting the chance to fish together. With only two goals for the day , we were successful in accomplishing both of them. Enough fish were caught to make the day a success on that front and we never saw another soul on the river all day.
It's days like this , out on the river where the only company you're likely to meet is the family of eagles around the next bend , that make winter my favorite time of the year to get out. It won't be long before the next season arrives and the peace and solitude of the river will be replaced by the screams and paddle slapping carried out by throngs of enebriated canoers...oh what a joy!
In the meantime here's a few pics of what a wonderful place the same body of water is while those folks are still home on the couch inside their toasty warm houses.
"A little driving music to get the morning started"
"Signs of the Season"
"On the Water"
A couple of the more respectable citizens we encountered"
"Taking a Break"
"The long ride home"